- Comes amid Metro's run-in with Delhi government over fare hike
- Kejriwal government had offered to take over Delhi Metro
- Magenta Line section connecting South Delhi to Noida to open on Monday
"We have no official intimation of the programme. Our top-most priority is a safe Metro for the passengers and at a reasonable price. So far as the inauguration is concerned we haven't received any invitation. The question must better be put to the DMRC and Urban Development Ministry," a Delhi government spokesperson told news agency IANS.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), however, said it has not sent out invites since the Uttar Pradesh government was organising the event, reported Press Trust of India.
"The DMRC is not inviting anyone. We haven't sent out invites since the UP government is organising the event. So we do not have any say on the list of invitees," a metro official said on condition of anonymity.
One of the stakeholders in the fare hike proposal committee, the Delhi government had opposed the move and had even offered to pay half the yearly cost of running Metro operations.
PM Modi will inaugurate the 12.64-km stretch between Kalkaji and Noida's Botanical Garden, part of the Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West corridor, which will bring Noida closer to south Delhi. He will also address a gathering at the Botanical Garden Metro Station.
"This is the third Metro line to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in 2017. He had earlier dedicated the Kochi Metro to the nation in June, and the Hyderabad Metro in November. The prime minister will travel on the stretch before his address," a statement said.
The coaches will have LED information display, power charging capacity and colourful seats. The new stations have been decorated using themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks. At the new Kalkaji Mandir station, ceramic murals of Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple and nature-themed artworks, and paintings of birds have been displayed.
This would be first line on the Delhi Metro network where driverless trains will be introduced along with the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology, which facilitate the movement of trains within a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.
The platform screen doors (PSDs) are also being used here for the first time. PSDs are glass-made screens installed near the edge of platforms that open only when a train arrives and shut after it departs. They are installed for enhanced commuter safety.
A driverless Delhi Metro train on trial run crashed through a wall on Tuesday at the Kalindi Kunj depot and barely missed crashing to the ground. No one was hurt in the crash, which allegedly took place because the train's brakes were disengaged. DMRC chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal called it a "human error" during maintenance, and reassured that there was no reason to worry.
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